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North East servicemen to receive support in civilian life

Former servicemen and women will receive support as they adjust to civilian life thanks to a new charity partnership in the North East.

Newcastle-based Forward Assist is teaming up with national charity the Forgiveness Project to deliver a rehabilitation programme for ex-service personnel involved in the criminal justice system.

The Forgiveness Project already runs the Restore initiative for prisoners and ex-offenders. It will now adapt the programme to help participants adapt to life outside the military and address issues relating to survivor guilt, trauma and social isolation.

The project is being funded by a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards For All programme.

Colin Hutchinson, operations director at Forward Assist, said: "This funding from the Big Lottery will allow us to develop an innovative and unique project that will allow Armed Forces Veterans the opportunity to explore the concept of personal forgiveness in a safe and supportive environment."